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Old 10-02-2009, 11:28 PM   #8
karinc
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Haven't watched the Tom Cruise movie. I'll have to check that out. I don't have the version with the dictionary, but for the older books it would be a good idea. I am also struck by the historical angle - the fact that the Martians arrived by rocket and were learning "how to fly" -- because at the time of its writing, air travel hadn't been invented yet. Also some words meant something different back then, most notably (and amusingly) "ejaculate" which meant to say something quickly and suddenly: "He heard footsteps running to and fro in the rooms, and up and down stairs behind him. His landlady came to the door, loosely wrapped in dressing gown and shawl; her husband followed ejaculating."
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